November 5th, 2014 ~ Vol. 84 No. 43
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Council and administration in a bind from previous council’s promises
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
In 2010, the municipality pledged $1 million to York Creek Lodge if the federal and provincial governments agreed to fund an expansion that would increase the room sizes for lodge residents.
This summer the federal and provincial governments said they’d fund the project, leaving council on the hook to honour a million-dollar pledge.
“The York Creek group came to council at that time,” said Councillor Dean Ward at a meeting on Oct. 7. “They told us during the presentation that if the community showed some kind of support toward the project it would go a long way towards making this thing successful.”
Ward said council pledged $1 million and agreed to start putting away $100,000 per year starting in 2011.
But there was no money saved in 2013 or 2014 though $200,000 has been identified from 2011 and 2012 said CAO Sheldon Steinke.
“We can identify it,” said Steinke of the $200,000. “But that money will come out of revenue. It’s not sitting in an isolated cash reserve.”
On July 28, the governments of Canada and Alberta announced they would invest about $9.12 million into the lodge for an expansion that would about double room sizes for the lodge’s 58 residents.
Five seniors’ lodges in Alberta will also receive funding to build new units or make renovations.
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Trent Bancarz, spokesperson for Municipal Affairs, said 28 new units will be built, while the existing 49 units will be converted into 24 units for a net gain of three units.
Bancarz said tenders for construction will be issued in the spring and that it should take two years to complete the project.
Councillor Marlene Anctil explained that the project is going ahead with or without municipal support but the government grant can only be used for structural improvements to the lodge.
“The government won’t give York Creek Lodge the money to do the upgrades in the kitchen or the dining room,” said Anctil. “It’s building only.”
Council passed a motion to roll the York Creek million dollars into the budget process for consideration.
For their part, lodge representatives have not met with council to discuss the million-dollar pledge but they want the money.
“We’ll have a healthy discussion about that,” said York Creek Lodge chairperson Joanne Drain. “We’ll probably need the money to cover things the province [and federal government] will not cover.”
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